It wasn't all that easy to locate, as the one-way system is challenging, but when you do, the Theoxenia Palace Hotel couldn't have been a more welcoming conclusion to a week's busy sightseeing tour of mainland Greece. Away from the bustle of downtown Athens, in the upmarket neighbourhood of leafy Kifissia, it was nice to be welcomed by professionally friendly staff, to have the car valet-parked and the luggage whisked upstairs by porters. A beautiful swimming pool sparkled temptingly beyond a marble staircase. Once a small muddle over rooms had been resolved, we all appreciated the spaciousness, good pillows, good shower, brightness, quiet taste and overall comfort. Nothing to do but relax, have a swim, freshen up, then stroll down Kifissia Avenue for a spot of retail and people-spotting.
A previous review mentions the unalluring seventies-style restaurant space. I agree. The menu had little appeal either, so instead we opted to eat at a cool modern restaurant, recommended by Costas at reception, fifty yards down the road - no hardship. I'm reluctant to pick holes in the Theoxenia on this account, as they tried immensely hard to be helpful, and succeeded - as befits a self-styled luxury hotel - in organising excellent in-room manicures for myself and my 2 daughters. They were great too about directions to the airport the next day, and produced a reasonable breakfast. But you somehow got the impression that even the Theoxenia is suffering from Greece's recession. Not enough staff meant nice Costas was in charge of everything. There were glitches, like a badly-attached shower-curtain, and the tendency of the lift lights to switch off automatically if you delayed pressing the floor button, plunging you in darkness. But these are small points. We were glad to stay in this quiet haven, and very much enjoyed our brief experience of upper middle-class residential Athens.
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- Also Known As:
- Theoxenia Palace Kifissia
- Hotel Theoxenia Palace
- Theoxenia Palace Hotel Greece/Kifissia